The Digital Initiatives Symposium began in 2014 as an avenue for library professionals to come together for discussion about the ever changing digital landscape of libraries and institutional repositories. The Fourth Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium involved two days full of workshops, presentations, and posters that ignited discussion about enhanced user experience and access through a variety of digital platforms. With nearly 200 people in attendance, this was our biggest year yet. On Monday, May 1st, workshop attendees delved into topics such as how to approach copyright with digital collections, new ways to think about project management, and real-world ways to handle metadata. Many attendees joined together after the workshops for Birds of a Feather dinners. These allowed small groups to experience local San Diego restaurants while discussing Digital Humanities, IR Platforms, and Data Management.
Tuesday brought another day of presentations, conversations, and inspiration. Joan Lippincott from the Coalition for Networked Information gave the opening keynote address. She discussed how digital initiatives can enhance student learning and apply to learning outcomes for today’s higher education students. 34 presenters from throughout the US then shared their ideas, successes, and challenges with implementing digital initiative projects. Participants were encouraged to use #dis2017 as a way to continue the discussion online. You can check out the great photos and tweets from #dis2017 participants here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/dis2017?src=hash.
This was the first year of poster presentations and it proved to be a great success. Sixteen presenters created fabulous posters that highlighted digital projects from such institutions as Duke, Regis, and South Dakota State Universities. These posters regaled the symposium lobby for much of the day, and were a feature of the Wine and Cheese Reception in USDs Garden of the Sea.
Attendees praised the speakers, the location, and how welcoming the event felt. Much appreciation goes out to all of those who attended and presented at this year’s Digital Initiative Symposium, and to all of those who helped make this a great success.